2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Super flexible hours.”
“Lack of mentorship.”
About Littler Mendelson P.C.
For more than 75 years, Littler has been a leader in the area of labor and employment law on a national and—recently—international scale. With 57 offices nationwide and 28 abroad, the firm’s massive footprint is a recent development—the firm expanded modestly through the 20th century, and now boasts more than 1,500 attorneys.
Bay Area Beginnings
Littler was founded in 1942 in San Francisco by two lawyers with public service backgrounds. Robert Littler had been the Pacific Coast Director of the War Labor Board, and Thomas Coakley was a deputy attorney general for the State of California. During the 1940s, a substantial part of the firm’s practice involved war-related matters on behalf of employers before the War Labor Board and the Salary Stabilization Commission. Over the next two decades, with the growth of Northern California businesses, increasing unionization, and the passage of civil rights legislation, the firm developed a reputation for aggressive representation of management interests in a broad range of matters, from traditional labor work to the expanding field of employment law.
Littler truly shines with its labor and employment practice and is constantly recognized for it by many legal publications. It’s no surprise the firm is No. 1 in Vault’s Labor & Employment ranking.
Littler exclusively represents management, but its clients come in all sizes and industries, from Fortune 500 corporations to small, single-office businesses. Airlines, wineries, nonprofit organizations, newspapers, government agencies, health care entities, construction companies, and retail chains are just some of the industries that have called on the firm’s services. Some prominent clients include Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, Cesar Entertainment, In-N-Out Burger, and Uber. The firm also frequently conducts independent investigations into tough employment situations—recently, the firm weighed in on Georgia Tech’s women’s basketball coach and a team culture that ABC News described as “toxic.” The firm’s report resulted in the coach’s dismissal.
Lawyers On Demand
With an eye on emerging technology, Littler has also branched out from traditional legal counseling to develop various client-facing programs. These include Littler Learning Group (which provides compliance training materials), the Littler CaseSmart platform, Littler X-celerator ComplianceHR, LaborSmart, and PolicySmart. In May 2019, the firm released an app called Littler OnDemand. It combines attorney responses to specific, previously asked questions and live attorneys ready to address more sophisticated issues. The “on demand” position is meant to provide attorneys with an alternative career path to the traditional associate ladder, by working a set shift, rather than focusing on billable hours.
News & Awards
Over the past year, Littler has continued to grow its global presence with the addition of offices in Amsterdam, Belgium, and Germany, as well as Madison, Wisconsin. These additions are part of Littler’s global expansion strategy that includes combining with the top firms focused on labor and employment law in significant international markets.
Littler has earned several notable awards for its advanced diversity initiatives and inclusive culture. The firm was ranked number one on the Best Law Firms for Women list by Law360 in its Glass Ceiling Report, and The American Lawyer named Littler to its Diversity Scorecard. Additionally, Littler was named a 2019 Top Ten Firm for Gender Equity by Yale Law Women, certified as a “Gold Standard Firm” by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, and ranked a top law firm by Working Mother magazine. The firm also earned Mansfield Certification Plus status from Diversity Lab and a perfect rating of 100 percent for the 11th consecutive year in the 2019 Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Littler launched Littler onDemand (LoD), a technology-based platform that provides fast and easy access to practical counsel on workplace legal issues and critical data analytics. LoD allows a client to submit queries through a customized online app that immediately returns prior attorney responses for questions that have come up before in the client’s organization while using the platform. LoD Counsel are on call to deliver answers to common workplace questions.
Littler and Canine Companions for Independence®, a nonprofit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities at no charge, announced the formation of a strategic partnership to address workplace issues and provide guidance for companies on managing service animal accommodation requests in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board: On June 14, 2019, the United States District Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of Littler’s client, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). In a 3-0 decision, the court held that PIAA-registered sports officials are properly classified as independent contractors, not employees. This case has significance for athletic associations around the country and for any employer confronting the issue of independent contractor status at the NLRB.
- Named Innovation Champion, 2019 (BTI Consulting Group).
- Recognized in Chambers USA, Global, and Latin America.
- Ranked #1 – Best Law Firms for Women, 2017-2019 (Employment Law360).
- Named, Leading Firm in Labor and Employment in the United States, 2018, and Mexico, 2019 (The Legal 500).
- Named, National “Law Firm of the Year” in Labor Law—Management, 2019 (U.S. News and Best Lawyers®).
333 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 433-1940
Co-Presidents & Co-Managing Directors: Thomas J. Bender and Jeremy A. Roth
Senior Director, Attorney Recruiting & Development: Karen Herz
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1.5K - 2K
Per firm policy, Littler does not disclose salary information.
Summer Associate Offers:
11 out of 12 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
17 total (12 2Ls; 5 1Ls) (2018)
Global Services Center (Kansas City)
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Long Island, NY
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New Haven, CT
New York, NY
Overland Park, KS
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Santa Maria, CA
St. Louis, MO
Tyson’s Corner, VA
Walnut Creek, CA
+ 28 International Offices
Labor & Employment